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25 Years of Stunning Hubble Space Photos

To celebrate the anniversary, which takes place April 24, 2015, NASA released a Hubble photograph of Constellation Carina that shows purple, orange and red swirling light

25 Years of Stunning Hubble Space Photos
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This false-color image made by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope shows the Carina Nebula. Outflowing winds and intense ultraviolet radiation from the large stars shape the material that is the last vestige of the giant cloud from which the stars were born.

In the 25 years since NASA scientists sent the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, the telescope has delivered a peek into the workings of the universe, with images of galaxies and stellar nurseries sparkling in the light of massive stars. 

To celebrate the anniversary, which takes place April 24, 2015, NASA released a Hubble photograph of Constellation Carina that shows purple, orange and red swirling light. 

"Hubble has fundamentally changed our human understanding of our universe and our place in it," NASA's science mission chief John Grunsfeld told a crowd at the photos' release at the Newseum in Washington. "Hubble inspires the world.”

Over 25 years, the 350-mile high telescope captured over 38,000 celestial objects, The Associated Press reported. Who knew gas and dust could be so awe-inspiring? 

  

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